The Secretariat of Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) and the Mexican Swine Producers' Confederation (CPM) signed a collaboration agreement to encourage the consumption of national pig meat by means of promotion actions that highlight the quality and the good production practices.
Based on this instrument, the campaign called "National Programme on the Communication, Education and Promotion of the Mexican Pig Meat 2013" is the framework with which SAGARPA's principal, Enrique Martínez y Martínez, started the "Gastronomic Tour Mexico Knows”.
The goal of the agreement is to integrate pig meat as one of the main ingredients of the Mexican cuisine, increasing with this action the trading opportunities for the producers and the associated industry.
The Secretary, Mr Martínez y Martínez, pointed out that this collaboration will also allow the opening of new markets for pig meat in Asian countries, because the quality of the national production will be stressed.
Mexican swine production represents 350,000 direct jobs and 1.7 million indirect jobs: for each direct job 5 indirect jobs are created.
The Mexican swine sector includes 15 million heads (in the inventory), of which 9.4 are raised on 5,434 intensive farms; 3.5 million on semi-intensive farms; and 2.1 million in backyards.
According to the Food and Agriculture, and Fishing Information Service (SIAP), production reached, in 2012, 1.2 million tonnes, with a value of 26,000 million pesos.
This sector also consumes 5 million tonnes of cereals and oilseed cakes per year.
In 2012, the main pig meat producing states were Sonora and Jalisco (19%), followed by Puebla (10%), Guanajuato (9%), Yucatán (8%), Veracruz (7%), Michoacán and Oaxaca (3%), Tamaulipas and Chiapas (2%) and, finally, the rest of the country, with 18% of the national production.
A datum that stands out is that the consumption per capita has increased during the last years: it is estimated that the current consumption is 16.4 kilograms per year, in contrast with 14.2 kilos per inhabitant and year in 2006.
Miércoles, 11 de septiembre de 2013/ SAGARPA/ México.